Public Art Trail

Farnham is known as a town of arts and crafts, home to the University for the Creative Arts, the Farnham Maltings arts and community centre, the New Ashgate Gallery and the historic Farnham Pottery. It also has a wide range of public art and craft. Follow the art trail around Farnham and discover sculptures wood carvings, terracotta designs and ironwork.

Pick up a copy from a local information point or the Farnham Town Council offices.

Download your copy of the Farnham Public Art Trail here.

 




James Hockey & Foyer Galleries

The James Hockey and Foyer Galleries is a public exhibition space at the University for the Creative Arts. The aim of the gallery  is to present work of lasting educational importance which will invite participation and contribute to the public and professional debate.
Respect for the specialist appreciation of disciplines, media and techniques remains vital to the promotion of the arts at the Galleries.

 

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Closed Sunday

 

 

 




University for the Creative Arts (UCA)

Creativity is the energy that drives everyone at the UCA Farnham to invent, explore and collaborate. UCA Farnham has over 2,000 students studying a wide range of creative arts subjects including fine art, architecture, photography, textiles, crafts, film, graphics, journalism, fashion and advertising.  The Farnham campus offers a cutting-edge creative environment, packed with the latest equipment and resources. With a unique community of artists, designers, makers, writers and researchers.

The university has two different areas on Falkner Road open to the public: The Craft Study Centre and the James Hockney and Foyer Galleries.

The Sculpture Park at the UCA Farnham has been developed in the grounds and green spaces surrounding the University since 1998 . Open to the public, the Sculpture Park exhibits works by sculptors with a national reputation, and by graduates and students of  the University. The UCA Sculpture Park map.

 




The Lightbox

Hosting a wide range of free exhibitions in three galleries which change regularly the Lightbox is also home to the Woking’s Story. The canal side café has a delicious range of lunches, cakes and snacks and the gift shop has a unique range of gifts that are perfect for presents.

Opening times

Tuesday- Saturday 10:30am-5pm
Sundays 11am-5pm
Mondays – Closed

 




Watts Gallery – Artists’ village

Discover stunning Victorian paintings and sculpture in the historic Watts Gallery before treating yourself to lunch or a cream tea in the Tea Shop. Enjoy a quiet moment and wander to the nearby Grade I-listed Watts Chapel, taking in the beautiful woodlands and grounds, or find out more about the lives of G F and Mary Watts at Watts Studios before taking a tour of the artists’ home, Limnerslease. In the Pottery Building there is art for sale in the Watts Contemporary exhibition along with a wide selection of gifts, books and homewares in the shop.

 

Map of the Artists’ village

 

Opening times

Watts Gallery and Watts Studios

Open Tuesday to Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Closed Monday, with the exception of Bank Holidays

Watts Chapel (Open Daily)

There is no admission charge for visiting Watts Chapel.

Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Visitors’ Centre (Open Daily)

Includes the Visitors’ Centre, shop and Watts Contemporary Gallery

Open Monday to Sunday, including Bank Holidays: 10.30am – 5.15pm
Contact: 01483 813593 / shop@wattsgallery.org.uk / onlineshop@wattsgallery.org.uk

The Tea Shop (Open Daily)

Open Monday to Sunday, including Bank Holidays: 10.30am – 5pm
Contact: 01483 813590 / teashop@wattsgallery.org.uk

 

 




The Sculpture Park

There is always something new to discover, with over 300 artists showcasing 600 sculptures, almost everything is for sale and as a result the exhibits are forever changing.

The park is sited within ten acres of stunning arboretum and wildlife inhabited water gardens. It has been developed over the years, with a series of landscaping projects and the introduction of thousands of new plants, bulbs and specimen trees.

The natural contours of the rolling Surrey Hills have provided the perfect haven for the display of sculpture, with over two miles of paths meandering through mixed heathland and woodland in a natural valley enhanced by three lakes fed by two natural springs.

Opening times

Everyday 10am-5pm

 




Farnham Town of Craft

England’s Craft Town

From the University for the Creative Arts to major museum, exhibition and specialist retails outlets and craft-related businesses, Farnham is home to both world renowned craft artists and to the next generation of emerging makers. Craft sits at the heart of Farnham’s distinctiveness and this special feature was acknowledged in 2013 when Farnham was designated as England’s Craft Town.

The roots of Farnham’s engagement with craft can be dated back to the time when Farnham exported white clay to the Romans. In the 16th century, potteries in Farnham were major suppliers of pottery to London. But its real emergence as a town with a special leaning towards craft is in the Victorian era and the establishment and great success of The Farnham Pottery, Wrecclesham, with its reputation for the distinctive style of work known as Greenware (so called because of the copper-green glaze).

The establishment of The Farnham School of Art in 1880 strongly promoted the education in craft subjects as part of its curriculum, and a powerful reputation was developed that has lasted throughout the 20th century and to the present day especially in courses in textiles and ceramics. Craft courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels are offered at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, the successor institution to the Art School. Craft courses in jewellery, metalwork, glass as well as in textiles and ceramics offer today’s emerging craft makers unrivalled opportunities in some of the best equipped studios and workshops in any specialist university in the country.

The opportunity to exhibit, sell and present contemporary crafts in Farnham is a significant feature of the town’s creative programme. The emergence of the Farnham Maltings as an arts centre in the 1970s has been of especial importance to the cultural life of Farnham, and the crafts have very strongly featured in its contemporary programme: right at the heart of its diverse cultural offer. There are year-round exhibitions featuring young as well as world class craft makers. There is a particular focus on the craft fair, with an unrivalled series of events featuring everything from textiles to sugarcraft, drawing international audiences to the town and having a powerful and positive effect on the creative economy. Craft studios are established in the Farnham Maltings to sustain the craft infrastructure.

Craft across the centuries can been seen and researched from Farnham Greenware in the town’s museum through to the unrivalled collections of the Crafts Study Centre. The New Ashgate Gallery offers a diverse range of craft work for sale and is especially focused on creating opportunities for emerging makers.

Craft is embedded into the fabric, the homes as well as the cultural life of Farnham.

October Craft Month 2017

Each October, Farnham hosts a celebration of craft with well over a hundred events taking place throughout the town. This is your chance to see makers in action; take a craft walk; get making and buy work from local designer makers. See the calendar of events taking place this October, 2017.

This year in celebration of our unique crafting heritage and beginnings in the 16th century we will bring together 1500 makers, pieces, organisations and sites during craft month. Each will be represented by a single image, displayed in a digital collage and available to view across craft town this October.

During October you will have the opportunity to experience Farnham’s craft heritage with events at the Museum of Farnham, engage with the present day craft community with events at the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham Maltings and the New Ashgate Gallery and look to the future of craft at the University for the Creative Arts.

Our rich crafting culture can be experienced year round and we encourage you to return in every season to explore craft in England’s Craft Town.

Farnham craft month brochure 2017

 

Directory of Craft Organisations

318 Ceramics Adult pottery Classes

Based at Farnham Pottery, 318 Ceramics Adult Pottery Classes is a creative organisation which promotes excellence in ceramics by providing education and support to all makers from complete beginners through to professional designer makers.

Adult Learning Centre

Farnham’s Adult Learning Centre boasts a professionally equipped arts and crafts studio at its premises in West Street, Farnham and offers a wide range of creative workshops and courses.

Crafts Study Centre

The Crafts Study Centre is a specialist university museum open free to the public as well as a research centre of the University for the Creative Arts.

Farnham Library

Farnham library is free to join for anybody who lives, works or studies in Surrey. The library runs a programme of activities, including craft workshops and events, for families and individuals throughout the year.

Farnham Maltings

Set in the heart of Farnham, this collection of buildings hosts a wide range of craft events, festivals and workshops and hosts over 25 craft-makers in its East Wing Studios.

Farnham Museum

The Museum is situated in a beautiful Georgian town house with many original features and a delightful walled garden. Discover Farnham’s history, from its prehistoric roots to its hop growing boom and arts and crafts traditions.

Farnham Pottery

The Farnham Pottery is a community-based centre of excellence for ceramics and provides opportunities to learn ancient and contemporary craft techniques. The Victorian kiln has supported local ceramic craft for five generations of potters, a tradition it keeps alive while also promoting new, complementary creative businesses.

Farnham Sculptors

A friendly group of wood and stone carvers, working in an attractive, well equipped studio at Farnham Pottery.

Lace Research Network

The Lace Research Network is a centre of excellence for the study and research of lace and the lace-like, based at UCA Farnham. The remit of the Lace Research Network is wide and covers all types and aspects of lace from the historical to the contemporary including hand and machine made, the digital and the conceptual.

New Ashgate Gallery

For over 50 years, the New Ashgate has championed emerging artists and provided a destination to view and buy high quality, affordable contemporary art and craft.

Pugmill Bakehouse

The Pugmill Bakehouse is a wood-fired, community kitchen where handmade food is shared. It enables groups to enjoy the art, craft and science of making and sharing food using traditional methods, in a community setting.

Royal School of Needlework
The Royal School of Needlework offers hand embroidery courses for all levels; conservation, restoration and repair of antique embroideries and creation of new commissions in their Embroidery Studio. It also offers a BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery validated by UCA, the only hand embroidery degree in Europe.

Rural Life Centre
The Rural Life Centre is a country life museum, run by a charitable trust, located within ten acres of field, woodland and barns. Its exhibits feature aspects of village life including rural crafts such as smithing, wheelwrighting, brick carving and charcoal burning.

West Street Potters
West Street Potters is an independently run membership-based organisation, set up to provide learning opportunities for people wanting to discover ceramics and clay. Members range from complete beginners through to semi-professionals and anyone interested in ceramics is welcome.

University for the Creative Arts
A hub of creativity, UCA Farnham has over 2,000 students studying a wide range of creative arts subjects including Fine Art, Photography, Textiles, Crafts, Film, Graphics, Journalism and Advertising.

 

Steering Group

Farnham Craft Town celebrates the role of craft at the heart of the town and the following organisations sit on a steering group which aims to embed craft into the everyday life of the town by encouraging new audiences and visitors to Farnham; supporting a vibrant marketplace of craft-makers and promoting the role of craft in improving health and well-being:

Crafts Study Centre
Farnham Maltings
Farnham Museum
Farnham Pottery includes 318 Ceramics , Farnham Sculptors , Pugmill Bakehouse  and West Street Potters
Farnham Town Council
New Ashgate Gallery
Surrey Cultural Services includes Adult Learning , Library , Heritage and Arts
University for the Creative Arts

Waverley Borough Council

 

 

 

Other Craft organisations and venues in and around Farnham

The Sculpture Park

Established in 2003, the Sculpture Park specialises in the sale of 20th century modern and contemporary sculpture in a superb natural setting. It aims to boost the careers of some of the world’s most talented artists in an environment that is sculpted and adapted to suit.

Watts Gallery and Watts Chapel

The Watts Gallery is dedicated to the work of the Victorian era painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts OM RA. With over 100 paintings and sculptures on permanent display, visitors can experience the Watts’ collection in the historic galleries with its original decorative schemes.

The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen

Surrey Guild of Craftsmen members are selected professional craftsmen and designer makers of contemporary and traditional applied arts. Their work is distinguished by fine craftsmanship and innovative design.

Farnham Art Society

Records of an ‘Art Club’ in Farnham survive from the 1860’s however in 1948 James Hockey formed the Farnham Art Society and arranged meetings and demonstrations as well as the high quality annual exhibition showing work from the prestigious membership. Among its membership of highly gifted amateur and professional artists, many are also members of the Wapping Group, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Society of Graphic Fine Art, the Society of Women Artists, the Pastel Society, the Society of Floral Painters , the Chartered Society of Designers and are Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts, keeping the standard of work exhibited at an annual exhibition to a high standard. A selection panel of professionals ensures the annual exhibition, held in the James Hockey & Foyer Galleries of the UCA, reflects the vitality and diverse ambitions of its membership. Around 4,000 visitors view the 400 paintings, ceramics and sculpture exhibited, giving them a great opportunity to access unique affordable art.

 

 




Crafts Study Centre

The Craft Study Centre is a specialist university museum open free to the public. The centre’s acclaimed collections include modern and contemporary calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood as well as makers’ diaries, notes and photographs. Inspiring exhibitions and talks by leading artist-makers are held year round, along side an annual academic symposium.

Opening hours

Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-4pm.




New Ashgate Gallery

A well established and welcoming gallery full of high quality fine arts and craft to suit all your needs. With new exhibitions every six weeks use the what’s on page to keep up to date with current exhibitions and events.

The New Ashgate Gallery also champions artists and affordable art and craft in Farnham, Surrey and beyond.

Opening times

Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm

 

 




Farnham Pottery

Established in 1873 by local potter Absalom Harris, it operated for over 130 years and was run by five successive generations of the Harris family. Many well-known local potters learnt their craft at the Pottery.
Currently undergoing an extensive sympathetic renovation, The Pottery will provide inspiring accommodation for a range of craft ventures, with the primary focus on ceramics-based organisations, and will include public access space and exhibition areas, all with an emphasis on community involvement.

The Farnham Pottery is home to three craft organisations:

Farnham Sculpture

Farnham Sculpture is a group of wood and stone carvers, offering well equipped studio space and support for both experienced and novice carvers. Farnham Sculpture also offer workshops and courses throughout the year.

Website: www.farnhamsculpture.co.uk

West Street Potters

A steadily growing, independently run membership organisation that provides opportunities for people of all abilities to experience ceramics through classes, workshops and community events.

Email: weststreetpotters@btinternet.com

Website: www.weststreetpotters.co.uk

 

318 Ceramics Adult Pottery Classes

A new charitable creative organisation, which provides education and support to all makers, from complete beginners through to professionals. Offering a programme of skills-based courses, workshops and
master classes, all 318 Ceramics tutors are experts in their respective fields, and many have strong international reputations in both teaching and practice. There are four dedicated studios for makers and a growing programme of community engagement projects. 318 Ceramics Adult Pottery Classes offers open access studios and a hireable craft studio.

Email: info@318ceramics.co.uk

Website: www.318ceramics.co.uk




Farnham Maltings

Set in the heart of Farnham, Farnham Maltings is a creative organisation that works with artists and communities  to encourage the most people to make, see and enjoy the best art possible. The Maltings offers a diverse programme of events and activities, including theatre, cinema, craft, music, comedy and workshops.

With six resident theatre and dance companies who  produce and tour work regionally, nationally and internationally. The Farnham Maltings also host a number of resident companies in the 16 studios, darkroom and pottery studio specialising in everything from art, textiles and jewellery to photography, hairdressing and golf landscaping.

The Farnham Maltings also host a monthly market.

Opening times:

Box Office
Monday – Tuesday 9am-5.30pm

Wednesday-Friday 9am-7pm

Saturday 10am-2pm

Riverside Café Bar
Monday – Tuesday 9.30am–5pm food served 10am–2.30pm

Wednesday – Friday 9.30am–8pm food served 10am–7.30pm

Saturday 10am–5pm food served 10.30am–2.30pm

shop maltings

Monday – Friday 9am–5pm

Saturday 10am–2pm